We’ve talked before about the way the stories are often by nature quite derivative - so don’t necessarily make for the most standout idea for a movie - and I still think that’s a factor. For example, a lot of Tomb Raider reviews have made unfavourable comparisons with Indiana Jones, which makes sense considering that the original games drew on movies like that for inspiration.
But by adapting that back into a movie, you end up with a copy of a copy, which is going to feel weak if you don’t add in anything fresh and new.
And for those games with less directly derivative storylines, you often have plots and characters that are too thin and shallow to support a full film (see movies like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter).
I don’t think it makes it inevitable that videogame movies will be bad, though. I could see a movie adaptation of something like The Last Of Us working (although as I understand it, that particular project is dead at the moment).
What are the other big videogame adaptations in the works at the moment? I know the Uncharted movie seems to be perpetually on the verge of production, and there was that recent story about a Sonic movie being on the way. What else is on the horizon?